Sunday, March 25, 2001

School paper, yearbook honored

The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — Two Northern Kentucky high school publications were among those honored for statewide excellence at a high school journalism convention.

        More than 800 students from across the state attended the Kentucky High School Journalism Association's 2001 State Convention, where winners of the group's competition were announced.

        Walton-Verona High School and Highlands High School were the two local schools taking honors — one for its school newspaper, the other for its school yearbook.

        Graves County High School took the Grand Champion Award, which recognizes the school with the best all-around journalism program in the state. Schools must compete in at least two of the three divisions of the contest newspaper, yearbook and broadcast to qualify, and must earn the most total points overall to win. This year's competition had more than 1,500 entries.

        Graves County High School placed first in the General Excellence award in the Broadcast Division and second in the yearbook division for class AAA schools. The contest is divided into three classes based on enrollment: Class A, AA and AAA.

        Pulitzer Prize winner Joel Pett, editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, was keynote speaker.

        Among the schools winning General Excellence awards were:

        • Newspaper Division, Class A: First Place St. Mary High School; Second Place Berea Community High School and Third Place (tie) Walton-Verona High School and Cumberland County High School.

        • Yearbook Division, Class AA: First Place Bowling Green High School; Second Place Highlands High School and Third Place Bourbon County High School.


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